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Sex offender sentenced to over two years in prison for failing to register in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted sex offender who lived and worked in Iowa for approximately a year without registering was sentenced today to more than two years in federal prison.

Shawn Hutson, age 38, from Gays Mills, Wisconsin, received the prison term after a November 13, 2018, guilty plea to failing to register as a sex offender.

Information from the sentencing hearing showed that Hutson was required to register as a sex offender because he was previously convicted of sexual assault in Wisconsin. In 2011 and 2012, he was twice convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Allamakee County, Iowa. While still on probation following the 2012 conviction, Hutson was convicted of failing to notify a school of his sex offender status. He also started living and working in Iowa in the summer of 2017, while still on probation. He continued to live and work in Iowa until May 2018, without ever registering as a sex offender.

Hutson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Hutson was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Hutson is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the United States Marshal’s Service and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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